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Archive for December, 2015

Film Remains a Viable Choice for Big Budget Movies

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Analogue celluloid film has been used to shoot recent blockbuster successes like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Tarantino’s Hateful Eight and the latest James Bond installment, Spectre. Meanwhile, Kodak reports that it’s film division will be profitable again in 2016.

As an analogue film stills photographer (on occasion, and albeit an ordinary one at best) I’m emboldened by the survival of film over time.

Vadim Rizov wrote a compelling article in January 2015 about an incomplete list of 39 movies in 2014 shot on 35mm film that outlined cinematographers’ reasons for choosing analogue film over digital production.

Analogue film remains a superior technology for many situations. Some of those desirable qualities are that film is cheaper to shoot on larger projects (due to the high cost of digital post production) and it’s easier to achieve good results on well understood film stock. The necessary skills persist within the industry to do the work shooting film; even if labs that can develop their negatives have become scarce.

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The Real Danger of Defining People as Muslim

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

I’m tired of the media framing both sides of a story around whether or not the people involved are Muslim. There are 1.6 Billion Muslims (22% of World population); 2.6 Million in the United States; nearly 2.9 Million in the United Kingdom and 399 Thousand Muslims in Australia.

We live in a diverse World with a complicated social, legal and political landscape. Defining people on the basis of religion, in this instance as Muslim, is as generic as defining them as male, or blue eyed, or mono-browed, or candy eaters. A single attribute is not what defines a complex human being. And yet the news stories persist that push the word Muslim as a primary emphasis.

Think about what defines you as a human being. You might be a parent, a sibling, a son or daughter; you might have a philosophy or religious cultural background; or own a car, enjoy jazz and be a hedonistic swinging greengrocer. So many things make up each complex person (and through that complexity, culture) that it’s almost naive to keep hammering the single term Muslim.

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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